“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien. Through the dark and perilous times Charles Colson faced, his love for Christ grew stronger and deeper. In the biography “Born Again” by Charles Colson, Charles a middle-aged lawyer, became a Christian after he was filled with guilt by breaking the law and through the stress of his life. While many people believe that Charles’ decision to become a Christian was an exceptionally admirable choice, some people believe that it was harmful to become a Christian. Charles made the right choice in becoming a Christian since God gave him strength, He used Charles for His own glory, and because Charles was searching for answers.
Truman Capote enlightened the world with an insight to the brutal murders committed by Perry Smith and Dick Hickock of the six innocent lives of the Clutter Family. It was entirely clear that the victims’ lives were taken out of spite. Capote exposes the murderers’ mentality and its relation to family by expertly exploiting the characters, accentuating the setting, and constantly foreshadowing the outcome..
The Salem Witch Trials, by Laura Marvel covers the tragedy from the era of witchcraft.. To give a brief overview of the historical event would be tough. Although it was a huge event that happened, most have heard false accusations that did not actually happen. Taking place in Salem Massachusetts, over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, also known as the Devil’s Magic! A total of 20 were actually executed, some hung, some burned, and some drowned. It was a matter of whether the judges and court liked you or not, or if you were wealthy. They very much envied people with money or large plots of land. Such a tragic event shaped the society we live in today. The trials impacted the society in many ways, this essay
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects. In addition, McCandless thought he could found the solution to his frustration with the adultery of his father, and found the true happiness for his life through escaping into the wild.
In almost every Count that has ever been reigned in the middle ages, there is no leader like Count Charles, who takes a risky approach to governing a land with the idea of religion as an important aspect of his position. Count Charles, aka “Blessed Charles the Good” is well known for feeding the poor, promoting peace and security, but religion is definitely a big influence to his reign as the Count of Flanders. At first, before doing any research on Count Charles’ religious ruling, I would already believe that Charles is a spiritual nobleman that everyone would admire because of how devastated Flanders felt when they heard about his death in 1127. Fortunately, my thoughts on Count Charles
Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, effectively explores the effects of the Clutter family’s unexpected murder on the small community of Holcomb, Kansas. This unexpected murder had lasting and detrimental effects on the people of the town. Having been in Kansas during the time the trials and court cases had been executed, Capote observed that the murder had destroyed the community’s sense of trust, shattered their image of the American Dream, and prompted them to reevaluate their stance on the death penalty.
“You change your life by changing your heart.” said Max Lucado. This is exactly what Catherine did in Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy. Her experiences led to the discovery of the need for change. The interactions and experiences she had with the Jews, her mother, and a villager led to Catherine becoming more gentle, caring, aware of her surroundings, and more of herself than she was before.
Oppression has always been prevalent throughout history, and as a response to this, the exploited often revolt, in turn, causing inciteful change. However, when the revolution only seeks revenge, it fosters more violence and creates a more oppressed society. The French Revolution while successful in the sense that it overthrew the government, has one dangerous aspect in common with oppression: violence. This revolution is depicted in A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, where the persecuted peasants of France start a rebellion to try and achieve revenge government. However, by using violence as the primary method to abolish the government and boasting about the dominance of the revolution through the Carmagnole, the revolutionaries discredit themselves. Inciting fear into the population and by attempting to fight their distraught state with violence, they are gradually turning from the oppressed to the oppressor. The people of the French revolution while fighting against an oppressive government do so in an unjust manner, in turn, delegitimizing the revolution revealing how violence is never the answer.
In Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River there is no doubt that there is good guys and bad guys, but the line drawn as to which is which is a fuzzy one. With Enger’s words the reader tends to feel sympathy for Davy and the Land family, but should we? After all Land’s commit many crimes. How far are you willing to go to protect your family, and where do you draw the line? Being uncooperative with law enforcement shows that Jeramiah Land is not as righteous as he appears to be, the Land family has a very blurred sense of right and wrong.
No one deserves to die, and no one deserves death. Some executions are justified, but David Herold’s was not. Herold was a skilled and talented man who was deprived into a corner to help a killer. James L. Swanson’s novel, Chasing Lincoln 's Killer, a diary entry, “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth,” and an article, “Lincoln Writ of Liberty” contain evidence that proves Herold’s innocence. Herold did help a murderer; however, he is like everyone, in that he is susceptible to violent threats. For this reason, Herold did not deserve a conviction with a capital sentence; the punishment was far too severe, and does not fit the crime.
On a cold winter’s day (February 29), the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts was in for the shock of its life (pg. 64). Hundreds of French and Indian individuals invaded this town with tremendous force resulting in a horrific outcome for its habitants (pg. 64). Many were slaughtered, taken captive, and some tried their hardest to get away from the attackers as quickly as possible (pg. 64). Some of the most prominent captives taken from Deerfield were Reverend John Williams and his family (more specifically his daughter Eunice and son Samuel) (pg. 66). In contrast, at the head of the Deerfield raid was a man from New France by the name of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville (the son of Jean-Francois Hertel de Fresniere) (pg. 209). He was the commander that led the attack of a 200 men army on Deerfield (pg. 209).
While in reality, it was used by Robespierre as a way to build upon and strengthen his power. Instead of working on the democratic ideals of liberty and equality that he spoke of in public, Robespierre used the Terror to execute or imprison thousands of people who he viewed as a threat. “Robespierre's Justification Source B: Maximilien Robespierre, speech to the National Convention, “On the Moral and Political Principles of Domestic Policy” After Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo, he was exiled from France. So now with France without a leader, the Congress of Vienna is seeking to put a king back in power in France, and resume the
You can read, you can sit for hours and think about what is the meaning of life what is my purpose of living. But you’ll never experience it if you don’t understand the beauty of life until you experience it yourself.
During the time of the Terror, 1793-1794, a total of 14,000 people were executed from the guillotine, firing squads, or other methods of torture. Among the perishing of many, hostile actions were committed against the State and conspiracy (Doc 2). Collectively, the entire country was “in disarray” due to the brutal nature of the French Revolution. The nation was being attacked by the Prussian, Austrian, and British troops and the economy was in ruins as well. Through this time of panic and stress throughout the entirety of France, there were advantages for the Revolutionary Army, but also disadvantages for its people and the country in terms of enemies.
Insanity gradually takes over the mind until there is nothing left of the original person. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner, a story as the title suggests that focuses on death. In this case, the death the story could relate to is a person’s physical death or psychologically downfall. Darl became mentally unstable due to the war, slowly the insanity that was present grew to overtake him, and his insanity intensified as the family desecrated the dead body.